Arbre - Medium Toast
The Bruery

Arbre - Medium ToastArbre - Medium Toast
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
90
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 7.63%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
64
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
90
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Arbre - Medium ToastArbre - Medium Toast
Notes: This variation of Arbre spent time resting in medium toasted barrels and reveals more oak-forward notes in addition to coconut, roasted vanilla beans, bakers chocolate and black cherries. A remarkable beer on its own, but even more exciting when tasted side-by-side with its light toast and dark char counterparts for a truly educational experience.
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superspak from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/20/2015. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crusts; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, oak barrels, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crusts; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, roast, char bitterness; and oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, bread/crusts, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, oak barrels, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet, and oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness, and oak spiciness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvely/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 11.3%, with no lingering booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing oak aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, oak barrels, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced between super rich malt complexity, medium toasted oak barrels, and restrained fruity yeast notes. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example. I like it more than most Black Tuesday variants. 4 years of age definitely made this amazing, vs other far earlier reviews. Feels closer to the Anniversary Old ales on overall complexity.

Apr 13, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of smells is oak on the nose with hints of smoke, vanilla, and light caramel. Some roasted malts and chocolate as well
T: Taste is somewhat smoky up front with some chocolate and espresso with a little vanilla and slight caramel. Hints of fudge and cherries but the smoke and oak are a nice combo that kind of lead the show. Swallow is smoke and lightly charred wood with some roasted malts, sticky caramel, light vanilla and toasted coconut.
M: This beer is velvety and full in body with light carbonation and a drying finish
O: Overall this is one tasty beer. I think it's a bit better than the light toast but they are both pretty good. The complexity and flavors are nice and the beer drinks well for the ABV. So far I like this series. It tastes a lot like some BBA beers but without the boozyness.

Sep 28, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave sudsy halo.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate, solid char and roast barrels, big malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, decent chocolate, good malt sweetness. The char is starting to get really really oppressive, huge bold char.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good alcohol hidden well but really char.

O - Overall this was a very nice, the char is starting to get really heavy.

Serving Type: bottle

May 06, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud

Nice creamy dark rich head fades at a med pace little lacing, long legs, pitch black thick.
Nose tons of toasted oak, raw oak and cedar wood, charred oak, little fudge, dark choc, plenty of roast and char, little soy Molasses, little fruity.

Taste big charred oak, tons of oak and woody cedar plank, saw dust and char, Smokey char, chewy nougat fudge and Smokey, little acidic phenolic burnt thing, bandaid acrid bitter roast, thick fudge etc.

Mouth is thicker chewy fudgey, light carb, mild booze

Overall wood cedar and charred oak overpowering, plus bandaid thing.

May 06, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black and silver striped foil cappped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 7/20/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours black with about a finger and a half frothy tan head. After settling a nearly solid veneer remains with a foamy halo that leaves a modest smattering of lace.

Smells of cocoa, wood, vague dark fruit, brown sugar and some of that signature Bruery yeast. Nice.

A note of wet, used firewood hits the palate first, followed by dark cocoa, burnt caramel, dark fruity yeast, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla and a slight nip of alcohol. Both stout and barrel are present but for my tastes the barrel notes are not quite as complementary as I found from the Light Toast and Alligator Char versions.

Medium full, slightly creamy feel with soft carbonation. Notes of over cooked brownie, burnt caramel, oak and some dark fruit skins in the finish.

Medium Toast Arbre Quite has a good base stout but the char from the barrels makes it a little rough around the edges for my preferences. To say that this was my least favorite of the series should not detract from the fact that this was still a really good oak aged stout. Kudos to The Bruery for another educational series that helps discern the character imparted by the various char levels of oak barrels.

Apr 24, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Catch up rating from last night's RIS bottle share. Barrel notes come out, along with vanilla and some additional sweeteners added to this RIS. Just getting the wood notes, although it would be cool to do a side by side with the other varieties.

Apr 18, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours pitch black with a tan colored head, head is creamy, pillowy, and full, decent amount of lacing, not much carbonation, looks a little thin, but solid.

A: Charred oak, smoked oak, lot of oak coming through, hint of dark fruits like plums and figs, very oaky, no alcohol on the nose, toasted malts, espresso, smells really good.

T: Toasted and charred oak, smoky flavors, hints of vanilla and coconut, very toast forward, roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso, very nice, alcohol does come through, aftertaste is more toasted oak and hints of dark fruits, very nice.

M: Smooth, creamy, full bodied, dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: I did not get as much oak as I was expecting but it does come through more than the Light Toast, so there is a stronger toasted oak presence, notes of char and smoke, hints of dark fruit, has a very creamy, smooth mouthfeel, very impressed, well done. This is almost the same format as the Light Toast but the charr and smoky notes are stepped up a notch, adding another layer of flavor and complexity.

Mar 06, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Roasty, caramel-like malts with lots of wood – faint vanilla and coconut secondary flavors.

A: Deep brown, almost black color, totally opaque with a small off-head head.

T: Lots of caramel, almost toffee like flavor from the malts that leads to a big wood presence with light flavors of vanilla and coconut.

M: Full bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Much better than I was expecting; leaving this beer to further develop in the bottle has paid off. The beer is much more mellow and the wood character isn’t nearly as sharp or sappy. Instead, the beer’s caramel-like malts nicely off-set the ample wood presence.

Mar 01, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown. Smell has caramel and hint if roast. Taste brings some caramel and date but then goes straight fir the wood. I'm not getting much more than that. Finish is a dry, slightly caramel my sweet wood. Good. But the light toast is better.

Aug 22, 2015
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Lucnifter from California

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the "woodiest" of the three. In my opinion, it's almost like licking fresh cut oak. I want to say "sappy". It's detrimental to the base beer, and I am a barrel aged beer enthusiast.

Aug 21, 2015
Arbre - Medium Toast from The Bruery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 64 ratings